On Monday, Gov. Cuomo announced that 91 Park-n-Ride facilities, rest stops, and parking areas along the Thruway and state highways will be designated as ‘Texting Zones’ where drivers can pull over to use their mobile devices.  The initiative is part of the state’s effort to address “distracted driving,” which includes more points on the licenses of persons caught texting while driving, and increased fines.


The Governor also said that the state’s summer distracted driving crackdown resulted in a dramatic increase in tickets for drivers texting or using a cell phone while driving over the same period in 2012.


This summer, the State Police have been using Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles to enforce the state’s anti-texting law.


Bottom line:  don’t text and drive.  It’s not safe, and can be unhealthy for the wallet.